My New Years Resolutions were to wake up 1-hour earlier and go down to the crappy gym in my condo building and do 30-mins of old fashioned cardio. I am doing this because my strength is great, my lifts are fairly clean but my cardio is way down. I know this is because the last couple of months I have made excuses for not running and rowing 5ks and what not.
My second resolution was to try and let things slide off my back a little more. I take things very personally sometimes, when people give me compliments its very hard to take but its even harder when people give me witticism. I will sit up all night and think about what I said or what the criticism was. First I am angry, then I am apologetic, then I go over it for hours. I lose a lot of sleep each time I lose a client or a basketball game. I wonder what I could have done better and think of things to improve.
Finally, my last resolution was to turn off my phone completely on the weekends. For years I was addicted to my blackberry, if it went off at night I would read the e-mail. If a phone call came in I would run to answer it and so forth. This is the one resolution I have to keep because it affects my family. For nearly 6-years I actually slept with my blackberry on my chest because my job was to be on call 24/7. Breaking this habit is very hard for me but each day and minute I part with the phone it gets a little easier.
So you may ask, why is Dan bugging us with his resolutions? Who cares, right? Well I care, I care about my resolutions and I care about yours. Some of you have asked for my help, some of you have expressed your unhappiness with your exterior presentation. Keeping promises is hard, especially when the promise is to ourselves. I wrote a client this morning because he said he was discouraged because of the swim workout I gave him was so humbling.
When I wrote him back I said don’t be discouraged, be proud of the person staring back at you in the mirror. Ask this person each day to perform and he will, ask this person each day to work a little harder and he will. Tell this person to never quit and to never be satisfied with being ordinary. Promise this person that no matter what each week you will push him hard at a minimum of three times per week. If you do this I promise the person looking back at you in the mirror will be much happier, the person will be much stronger in both mind and body and this person will be a better person for trying.
Have a great New Year.
Certified CrossFit Level-2
Managing Member CrossFit Bellevue
Anyone wishing more information may contact Dr. Cummins, whose office is located at 4122 Factoria Blvd. SE, Suite 202, Bellevue, WA (telephone 425-590-9158).